I've only been using Linux Mint Mate 17.1 for about 6 months now- I also have Ubuntu Mate installed on my laptop. I found out about Linux on this site trying to solve a problem in Windows7- I sure am glad I came here.
I went through at least 20 distros and had 5 installed on my computer before I finally settled on the aforementioned Os's. I still have my Windows 7- soon to be Win 10,but I hardly ever boot into it.There are a couple of apps I cant get to work in Linux- Itunes being one,but other than that,I use Linux all the time now!
I would also be interested in how you created a separate partition for HOME. I didn't see that option at installation!
My Top Five Reasons to use Linux, and for a Windows junkie these are killer reasons to use Linux:
1. You can do a full Linux permanent installation with full persistence to the full capacity on an external drive or stick. This is a killer reason, because users are turned off (me included) by wubi, dual boot, virtual machines, the different partitioning jargon. I understand and can relate to those who are fond of the pure Linux experience, since I'm a Bible junkie harping always on ONLY reading it in Hebrew and Greek. Yet the unwashed majority, don't want to become IT people, to just use our computers.
But Linux doesn't actually require, any of that. Linux is inherently MOBILE, detects the settings and peripherals at boot, so you aren't stuck with one hard drive and one machine. Best of all, you don't have to touch your Windows innards, can use it on any Windows or other machine you have (any machine with 1GB or more of RAM).
2. Linux rescues Windows, or does what Windows cannot do well: DVD writing, partitioning, mass copying and moving, finding files, onscreen video recording (Kazam, my new best friend), backup, CLONING CLONING CLONING (covered below).
3. Linux can access and run many Windows 'accessories' and programs directly, often with less hassle than if you did the same thing in Windows, esp. the older 'classic' versions from Win98: mspaint.exe, notepad.exe, THEMES.exe, many others. And DOS, using DOSbox (some annoyance in configuring upfront, but worth it).
4. Linux can make a bootable CLONE your Windows drive, so you can easily take your Windows with you. Linux can clone drive to drive, stick to stick, drive to stick, stick to drive, image to image, partition to partition, in just about any format you want. Windows cannot do this, and most of the Windows clone/backup programs, do it with so many convoluted steps, you want to stop using them.
5. Linux brings an old Windows PC back to life or umbrellas a Windows PC no longer getting security patches (like Win98, XP). So look: all those old tiny netbooks (and I have two) with 1 GB RAM which are so cute and fit so easily on an airplane tray, but run XP -- can now be 'modernized' and 'firewalled' simply by plugging in, a Linux stick!
I totally and utterly believe that no Windows PC should be sold or used, without a tandem Linux stick made per step #1 (which is an actual installation, not LiveUSB).
That's before I even touch on unique features of Linux which are nicer than in Windows!
If I were younger, I'd develop my own distro (except it would be a LOT like Mint), and market the heck out of it. I believe strongly that one should charge for Linux, but not for the software (which the GNU/Linux license forbids anyway, nor would I want to charge for the software) --
- CHARGE FOR THE TIME PACKAGING THE PACKAGES,
- for instructions,
- for adding little help tooltips on each item, stuff like that.
- Add a phone number and a help desk, charge for that.
- Make help really help,
- add a subscription service where one can have x hours time on the phone, or in a forum, etc. Not, charging for the software, but charging for its usage help and maintenance. This 'support' could scale up, so a small business wanting onsite maintenance, could get it. Much like people contract for their PCs. It's done, but usually not in the context of a whole turnkey package, which Windows users demand (and need, we're not techies).
- And charge for support, every year fixing what's under the hood. Leaving any interface changes as OPTIONS a person can choose to adopt or not.
I'm telling ya, small business needs this like a house on fire needs firemen. MSFT is not catering to small business, they are hamstringing it. Especially, with Win10 forward. There is going to be a backlash a year from now so huge, MSFT will never live it down. I don't want that to happen. But it will, so NOW is the time to learn Linux to protect your Win7 and prior PCs.
And, I'd want to tweak Linux itself, 1) to have a special option to banish all superuser permissions in a session. Upon signout or shutdown, the superuser is subject to permissions again. Permissions in Linux are a royal pain and too restrictive, chase users like me away (well, used to chase me away, till I found some workarounds). It's a major reason why the computer savvy stay on Windows, in Windows you can turn all permissions OFF. Then later turn them on again.
And 2), giving all those directories, Windows-friendly alias names so we could remember their actual names akin to interlinear Bible style (real word in Hebrew Greek in tandem with its translation, so to associate both, contextual vocabulary*).
But, I'm dreaming. . Too often, the culture is Linux versus Windows, which I believe is flat wrong. They need each other. What Linux can't do (run some Windows programs), Windows can do. What Windows cannot do, Linux can do. They are each other's, best friend! That would be the slogan:
Linux: Windows' best friend.
Windows: Linux' best friend.
Top Distros (again, for a Windows user, whose navigational philosophy is the opposite of a Linux purist's):
1. Mint, esp. KDE or Mate, most like Windows in navigation philosophy.
2. PCLinuxOS, has all the GUIs like KDE Mate Xfce, Gnome, and plain (console and blank desktop).
3. Fedora 22 (maybe 21 is better), also with KDE.
4. Debian, if I could ever get it to work.
5. openSUSE, if I could ever get it to work (roll your own distro, great idea but the SUSE servers always bomb on me).
Mint is a mix of Debian and Ubuntu, so is PCLinuxOS (the biggest distro I've ever seen in my life has everything including the kitchen sink and six desktops by category, genius piece of work).
*Alexander Hamilton was a big proponent of interlinears. I have one of his Latin/English interlinears from the early 1800's; his contention was, that when you see words in context in two languages, you learn both better and faster. That's apparently how he made his living. If you saw an earlier edit of this post, I had mistakenly typed Thomas Jefferson. No: it was Hamilton.
Edited by brainout, 25 July 2015 - 01:43 AM.